We are so glad you are interested! It can seem daunting, but we’ve seen lots of people make real contributions to these problems, including people who didn’t think they could when they first came across them.
The short answer is that the individual problem profiles each have a section on how to help tackle that problem, so click through to read the full profiles.
Also, see our career reviews page and job board to get ideas for specific jobs and careers that can help.
If you want to think about what to do in more depth, see our materials on career planning.
This includes a career planning worksheet that takes you through a step-by-step process for creating your plan. In summary:
The first step is to learn more about the issues you are considering, as well as what is important to you in your career.
Then you’ll want to brainstorm longer-term career paths that will let you contribute the most — we have some ideas for these on our career reviews page. Note that each issue requires a lot of different kinds of work, from advocacy to research to helping build organisations, so you’ll have many paths to consider.
Don’t rule something out too early because it doesn’t sound at first like it’d be a fit for your skills — this is a mistake we see a lot. For example, you can help with AI safety using a variety of non-technical skills (see some suggestions for work in governance as well as supporting roles here).
Next, you’ll gain more information about your career options — either by talking to people, reading, or trying things out — and then start narrowing them down.
It may be best to first focus on building career capital — skills, knowledge, connections, and credentials that put you in a better position to have an impact in the future.
It’s much more important to maximise the impact you can have over the course of your career than it is to have a big impact next year — which often means starting by investing in yourself.
Finally, you’ll figure out your next career step. You may still be very uncertain where to aim longer-term, but that’s OK so long as you can find a next step that puts you in a better position, either by improving your career capital or teaching you more about where to aim longer-term, or that is impactful in itself.
We have guides to particular career paths that contain common early steps as well as pointers on how to eventually put all your experience and skill to the best use.
You can also apply for free one-on-one career advice from our advisors, who can help you compare options and connect you with mentors and other opportunities.
Check out our full list of career planning resources for more.